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Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:39:03 AM »
What do you vetran BT and Roosie hunters do about optic in the rain. I have used scope covers and an enclosed bino harness in the past but they fall short when it is nasty all day, and sometimes I think they retain the fog longer. What you say fellow wetsiders? covers or wide open or other?

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 07:42:00 AM »
Use a lens coating and you don't have to worry. Mtn Ops or Cat Crap work and you can take them out with you in case they need a little more later in the day.
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 08:40:28 AM »
No-Fog Anti Fog Cleaner and I use a Badlands binocular harness.  My biggest issue is when I have a face mask on and the vapor from my breath rises right up behind it and fogs the rear lense.   

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 08:44:17 AM »
I have the Badlands harness and if I don't use defogger, especially in the rain, they're useless.
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 09:07:46 AM »
Bingo JD and Piano Man.  I use the Badlands cover and I've used the cat crap in the past ,when the Badlands gets saturated it kind of is like a steam generator so it sounds like I'm on to it but looking for other tips and tricks keep them coming.

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2017, 09:20:23 AM »

It's what I use and it works great

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 10:06:51 AM »
Can you defog multiple lenses with each of these wipes - glasses, binos, and scope with one wipe? They're not cheap at about 50 cents each.
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2017, 10:20:29 AM »
thx
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2017, 10:54:01 AM »
Ya cheap I do my binoculars and scope with one 2 part pack
And for the people with glasses on these work great !

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2017, 07:00:15 PM »
I thought the anti-fog solutions were harmful to the coatings on the lens???   :dunno:
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2017, 08:33:35 PM »
You are b/t hunting... You don't need binos. Just look down, or 15' ahead.  :o

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2017, 08:55:41 PM »
You are b/t hunting... You don't need binos. Just look down, or 15' ahead.  :o

You sound awful sure of yourself

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2017, 09:46:16 PM »
Thanks all. Jakeland, do you use scope covers or just the lense treatment?

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2017, 10:13:15 PM »
Thanks all. Jakeland, do you use scope covers or just the lense treatment?
both and I've been using these for a long time and no issues!
And anyone that hunts blacktails knows how important your optics are!!

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #15 on: October 19, 2017, 11:43:20 PM »
Thanks all. Jakeland, do you use scope covers or just the lense treatment?
both and I've been using these for a long time and no issues!
And anyone that hunts blacktails knows how important your optics are!!
Never taken a BT at more than 20 yards.  :dunno:

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2017, 12:07:36 AM »
Thanks Jakeland.  I've been fighting the fog for the last week.  Even holding my breath as I glass doesn't always work.  The heat and wet from my face fogs the eyepieces.  Also, when I sit and forget to throw them to my side, they hang down near my crotch and fog the objectives.  It's always hot!  ;)

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2017, 05:51:57 AM »
Anyone ever try Rain X?
I was thinking, if it works on cars, why not scopes?
I might try it soon and see. I don't know why it wouldn't work......
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2017, 06:14:07 AM »
Now the rainx would give me pause concerning the coating. :twocents:

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2017, 06:23:20 AM »
Anyone ever try Rain X?
I was thinking, if it works on cars, why not scopes?
I might try it soon and see. I don't know why it wouldn't work......

Windshields aren't precision optical glass. I wouldn't even try it.  :dunno:
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2017, 10:34:16 AM »
Anyone ever try Rain X?
I was thinking, if it works on cars, why not scopes?
I might try it soon and see. I don't know why it wouldn't work......

Rain-X also works with speed, you need to be driving to have it work.   I have an old 1950 Chevy truck and it didn't work that well on a more vertical windshield, but on my Silverado it works fine. On my wife's rig it looks like you smeared vasoline on the window - was a major PITA to remove too. Personally, I wouldn't try it on a scope.

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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2017, 03:31:38 PM »
The very reason I'm bringing a backup gun if I need to head out in a downpour;  45/70 with a skinner peep.
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2017, 07:35:57 PM »
Old Timer taught me to use plain old shaving cream for defogger.  Rub on all your optics ... bino's, scope, range finder lenses.  Lightly Dry Wipe with tissue until all shaving cream gone and clear.  Leaves invisible protective film or sheen on lenses.  Have experienced no clarity issues or anomalous refraction.  Re-apply after each day's hunt.  Not sure if any one brand works better than another... Barbasol Shave Cream seems to be as good as any.  Would NOT recommend using the Gels.
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Re: Wet optics while BT/Roosie hunting!
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2017, 09:50:34 PM »
I use the original style, Badlands "Mag" binocular case, spray the whole thing down with tx-direct Nik wash spray, and be mindful to bend over slightly so your head blocks to the rain when you open it.  I hunted all day long today in torrential downpours and my Razors stayed 100% fogless. The trick is making sure you don't use the bungy straps on the case. Remove the binos and close the flap while you glass. The full magnet is strong enough so you won't have to worry about the binos falling out. For the love of God do not put any anti fog products on quality glass. Ever. Period.
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